Welcome Fr. Peter

Rev. Petrus "Father Peter" Yuwono Hendro Prasetyo, M.S.F.
Religious Priest of the Missionaries of the Holy Family (www.msf-america.org)

Please welcome Fr. Peter to our parishes the weekend of July 7-8, 2018!  Fr. Peter will be preaching at all weekend Masses while Fr. Mark Ebert is enjoying some time off.

A short, personal story about my missionary experiences.
When I was a kid, I often met with a Holy Family priest, a Dutch missionary who served in my parish.  I was moved by his spirit of service, love, affection, and kindness, and this attracted me to the priesthood.  I told my dad about this desire, and he gladly guided me to my vocation.  My father is my hero.  When I was a child, I loved hiking and camping.  Once, I saw the needs of people in an isolated forest, and I wanted to be a missionary to help fill the spiritual void due to a lack of priests.  I chose the Missionaries of the Holy Family because of the combination of their family charism and missionary spirit.  Our Java Province in Indonesia served a large geographical area in the jungles of Papua New Guinea where there was a lack of transportation.  The only way to reach the entire territory was by foot, sometimes by walking for 12 hours.  On long trips, we would be accompanied by young men who knew the land.  they would show us the way through the middle of the heavy forest.  Sometimes we had to swim across rivers filled with crocodiles. The young men would trick the crocodiles by going downstream away from us, and then they would begin splashing the water.  This would distract the crocodiles long enough for us to swim across the river.  I survived in the jungle because I loved the people.  Even though all the priests suffered physically, especially with malaria, when we served the people well, we felt a joy beyond words!  Our happiness was not dependent on material comforts.  We were fulfilled by serving, providing the Eucharist, and being shepherds to the people.  The poor are not obstacles, but it can be a challenge to serve them with a pure heart.  True happiness is to be with them.  The poor have authentic faith in God.  They cannot repay us for our ministry, but, if they could, our services would be of  no value.  "Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give." (Matthew 10:8)

For us, pastoral care of families is increasing in importance because of the influences of Radical Islam and materialistic secularism.  For these reasons, we need your generosity, your prayers, and your financial support.  Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America! +JMJ+
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